On Monday, San Francisco 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan provided an update on the status of quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, who has been sidelined since suffering a high ankle sprain in Week 2 against the New York Jets. Shanahan said he would be “very surprised” if Garoppolo is able to practice ahead of Sunday’s game against the Philadelphia Eagles.
Garoppolo suffered the injury in the fourth quarter of the game against the Jets, and was immediately ruled out for the remainder of the contest. After undergoing an MRI the following day, it was revealed that Garoppolo had suffered a high ankle sprain, and he was subsequently placed on injured reserve.
The 49ers have since turned to backup quarterback Nick Mullens to lead the offense. Mullens has done a solid job in Garoppolo’s absence, throwing for 1,093 yards, seven touchdowns and three interceptions in three games.
However, Shanahan is hopeful that Garoppolo will be able to return to the field soon. The head coach said on Monday that Garoppolo is “making progress,” but added that he would be “very surprised” if the quarterback is able to practice ahead of the Eagles game.
Garoppolo’s progress will be monitored closely this week, and the 49ers will likely make a decision on his status before Sunday’s game. If Garoppolo is unable to play, Mullens will likely remain under center for the 49ers.